Goodbye USA

 
 
 
 
Sad times indeed as Pendana is about to be hit with multiple, sad events!.  One, saying farewell to Abi who is about to officially leave Pendana for life back in Australia and two, saying farewell to the west coast of the United States of America.  Ah, how we will miss them both!

 
 
Abi on the Jetski.  She truly loved her time on this high performance ski
Abi on the Jetski.  She truly loved her time on this high performance ski
 
 
Who would have thought that the one country in the world I really didnt like (when I was working) has come full circle and turned out to be truly, a very real gem.  Our time here on the west coast of America has, in a word, been, fantastic.  We love the convenience of the place, the speed of the internet, the prices of most things (cheap compared to Australia!) the people, scenery, Wal-Mart and for Adam Bs sake, lets not forget Costco!

 
 
Always aircraft landing and taking off at LAX!
Always aircraft landing and taking off at LAX!
 
 
For us Kodiak and Prince William Sound, Alaska are truly Gods gift to the world.  PLEASE dont die until you have visited north Alaska, as for us, motoring through the picture perfect postcard of north Alaska will I honestly doubt, ever be topped.  Perhaps good old Cliff Rome aboard Oasis was right when he said, James, I feel sorry for you as once youve been to Prince William Sound its all downhill. Honestly, Alaska makes Canada look decidedly mundane and while we were expecting the reverse to be true, it certainly didnt work out that way. For all of our Canadian friends please do take offence as we loved our time in BC, but as far as the scenery goes there is simply no match or comparison to the brilliant and unspoiled, north Alaska.

 
 
Cliff Rome passed us in Alaska’s Prince William Sound then again in Coal Harbour Marina Vancouver BC
Cliff Rome passed us in Alaskas Prince William Sound then again in Coal Harbour Marina Vancouver BC
 
 
There are some things in the USA we still find as travellers a little odd, for example, there are commercials and huge billboards for lawyers everywhere. Commercials for prescription drugs which apparently need to list all side effects, with most commercials ending in the fact that the drug may cause sudden death. The gap between the doors in public restrooms is large enough to drive a car through! I have heard it's for a variety of reasons from cutting costs, minimizing loss from vandalism, and/or deterring public sex or doing drugs.  Whatever the reason is, its seriously a bit strange!  Everyone in the USA seems happy to wait patiently in line unlike Australia, or is that just me and finally, pedestrians walk out in front of motor cars with seeming confidence that the car will stop, while in Australia, pedestrians dont walk anywhere near cars as they are likely to be hit.  Just some of the fun differences that for us, really stand out! 

 
 
 
 
From Kodiak Alaska and its rugged landscape and abundance of wildlife one could be forgiven for thinking we were in fact living inside a postcard, to Prince William Sound, the place Gods hand most certainly created his finest work.  From Seattle, a city full of surprise with the beautiful Ballard where I might add, we could happily live if not for the winters, to San Francisco with its insane traffic, relentless wind and cold to LA, where Marian del Rey, Santa Monica and downtown turned on its charm and the OC displayed its somewhat retro beauty. From Kodiak to San Diego and all points in-between, the west coast of the USA has been simply superb.

 
 
Former Nordhavn owners, Adam and Eve and SF locals trying to find the ground during another ‘warm’ summer in SF!
Former Nordhavn owners, Adam and Eve and SF locals trying to find the ground during another warm summer in SF!
 
 
 
 
Eve’s horse’s not having much fun as SF summer temps rise
Eves horses not having much fun as SF summer temps rise
 
 
 
 
Eve heading off to work on June 19th with a SF warm snap taking hold!
Eve heading off to work on June 19th with a SF warm snap taking hold!
 
 
The other sadness engulfing Pendana is that our darling Abi, our conning tower girl, master line handler, engine service assistant and our beautiful daughter is about to leave Pendana for life beyond the seas.  To have spent so much time with her over the last three years is, in a single word, irreplaceable and while we sure did have our ups and downs along the way, I am sure that the time spent exploring this planet will hold her in good standing for her life which is yet to come.  Sad days indeed! 

 
 
Bianca decided she liked my hair colour so much, she decided to join me!
Bianca decided she liked my hair colour so much, she decided to join me!
 
 
Before heading south and before Abi departs forever there was much to get done and still lots to see and do.  With Biancas friend Amelie arriving from Australia for a visit and with Disneyland, downtown LA and Magic Mountain high on the list of their priorities, Claire and I managed a quick trip north to Hearst Castle before Amelie arrived.  Honestly, not much to dislike in southern CA! 

 
 
Amelie (L) and Bianca have been friends a looooong time
Amelie (L) and Bianca have been friends a looooong time
 
 
 
 
Claire and I took a short trip to Hearst Castle
Claire and I took a short trip to Hearst Castle
 
 
 
 
Truly amazing stuff
Truly amazing stuff
 
 
 
 
God only knows how they built this back in 1920.  Took 28 years and is still, to this day not finished
God only knows how they built this back in 1920.  Took 28 years and is still, to this day not finished
 
 
 
 
Nordhavn anchored in San Simeon Bay down from Hearst Castle. One can’t go too far without spotting a Nordhavn!
Nordhavn anchored in San Simeon Bay down from Hearst Castle. One cant go too far without spotting a Nordhavn!
 
 
With the girls settling into a weekend of fun at Disneyland, Claire and I headed further south to Orange County and more specifically, Dana Point (HQ to Nordhavn/PAE) for the  Nordhavn 40th Anniversary get together.

 
 
Amelie and Bianca catching up at LAX
Amelie and Bianca catching up at LAX
 
 
 
 
Bianca and Amelie @ Santa Monica Peir
Bianca and Amelie @ Santa Monica Peir
 
 
 
 
Amelie and Bianca having coffee on the set of Friends at Warner Bros Studio’s
Amelie and Bianca having coffee on the set of Friends at Warner Bros Studios
 
 
 
 
Classic Santa Monica shot
Classic Santa Monica shot
 
 
 
 
Anyone say roller coaster?
Anyone say roller coaster?
 
 
 
 
Anyone for some weights!
Anyone for some weights!
 
 
 
 
An evening stroll around the marina
An evening stroll around the marina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Nordhavn 40th Anniversary event was a fantastic tribute to a brand and a boat that is truly capable of crossing oceans. Four decades ago, a trio of 20-somethings with a love for cruising-style boats, a scant few dollars in their pockets, came together to form Pacific Asian Enterprises, a company that would make a historical impact on the world of ocean-crossing sail and power boats. Today, PAE (Nordhavn) is stronger and more influential than ever thanks to the continually ground-breaking Nordhavn brand.

 
 
The trio pictured above Jim (R) and Jeff Leishman with Dan Streech in the middle
The trio pictured above Jim (R) and Jeff Leishman with Dan Streech in the middle
 
 
 
 
The new, Serenity N100 passes by the event. See tent in background
The new, Serenity N100 passes by the event. See tent in background
 
 
 
 
Claire, Jeff Leishman and myself at the PAE event
Claire, Jeff Leishman and myself at the PAE event
 
 
Its now time for me to start making sure Pendana is ready for the 6,500nms / 10,500klms of travel that lay ahead before we make landfall once again in the USA, but this time on the east coast.  What will we think of Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas and Florida? I guess thats the beauty of travel, only time will tell.

 
 
This will be Abi’s last view of LA when she departs the USA
This will be Abis last view of LA when she departs the USA
 
 
 
 
Friends forever!
Friends forever!
 
 
Stay Safe

James


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